Contests/Opportunities for all Grades
Historical Canada Indigenous Arts and Stories Awards - March 31st deadline
The contest is open to Canadians of Indigenous ancestry (self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 6 and 29. Create a writing or art piece that explores Indigenous heritage or culture. Your entry into the Indigenous Arts & Stories competition must include a 200-400 word artist’s or author’s statement that includes a few words about you and explains how your piece explores Indigenous heritage and culture. You may enter on-line with your desktop computer, or by mail. Prize money is up to $2000.
The Carole Forhan Theatre Arts Scholarship - April 15th deadline
Application and Selection Process
Students of any age may apply. However, preference will be given to those in the age range 14 to 21. This age range is meant to assist both those in the post-secondary stage of their lives, as well as those attending other training or workshops in Theatre Arts. Prize money is $500.
Must demonstrate commitment, dedication, work ethic and passion towards theatrical arts, as verified through two reference letters. References that speak to these are felt to be of equal if not greater importance than other criteria.
- Be a resident of the greater Central Alberta area. This is defined as the city of Red Deer and the counties of Red Deer, Lacombe, Ponoka, Stettler, M.D. of Kneehill, Mountain View and Clearwater. (See map at bottom of page for clarification)
- Apply the award towards costs associated with a recognized workshop or program of a Theatre Arts nature. (Examples include Theatre Alberta Artstrek, Red Deer College Theatre Performance and Creation program, or a program of an equivalent nature). The program is not required to be located in the Central Alberta area.
Anthem Essay Contest - April 18th deadline for grade 11 and 12. April 25th deadline for grades 8, 9, and 10 online or by mail.
Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem. Prizes are up to $2000.
The Fountainhead Essay Contest - April 25th deadline
This contest is open to grade 11 and 12's. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead. Prize money is up to $10,000.
A Voice for Animals Essay Contest - April 30th deadline
The A Voice for Animals contest is now open. The competition has sections for 14-15 year old students and sections for 16-18 year old students. Participants must currently be attending middle or high school, or be home-schooled, and less than 19 years of age on January 22, 2019. No exceptions! Prize money is up to $500.
You are strongly advised to read all the rules!
Fraser Institute Essay Contest - Deadline is May 1st
Prize money is up to $1500.00 for 3 awards. Students in high school can write a typed essay of 1000 to 1500 words "What in the World would Adam Smith say?" Consider a current Canadian policy issue (minimum wage, consumer regulations, trade tariffs, etc) and discuss what Smith would think about it.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - September 19th deadline
Atlas Shrugged depicts a society of diminishing economic freedom. What is the philosophical motivation behind these controls and what is the practical result? What is hero John Galt’s answer, both practically and philosophically? Use the events in the novel to support your answer. In your answer, consider what Ayn Rand says in the lecture “Faith and Force.”
Prize money is up to $25,000.